The Isolation Phase: Being Mommy

Isolation is so easy to fall into. We get wrapped up in what is going on in our lives only to look up one day looking for a friendly face and not knowing who to call or turn to.
 

I know I was there…
 
For a very,
 
Very
 
Long time…
 
I felt insignificant, silly, unloved, unwanted, and the list could go on depending on the day. And you know what? The more moms I meet the more I realize it wasn’t and isn’t just me.
 
If you feel this way, you are not alone.
 
You are not insignificant.
You are not silly, unloved, or unwanted.
 
And I am so sorry that you are feeling all these things.
 
But let me encourage you that there are many people who are struggling through the same issues, so you have support!
 
Where can you get that support?
 
First off talk to your OBGYN or Midwife about how you are feeling. Be honest with them because you may need more than just talking with someone to start feeling like you again. And let me add there is no shame in asking for help!
 
Being a mom is tough and asking for help does not make you weak or a bad mom! You have to take care of you too! You can’t give from a well that has run dry.
 
Below is a list of other places that you can reach out to, to get connected with other moms.

 

 

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Fit4Mom- http://fit4mom.com/

 

 

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MOPS- http://www.mops.org/groupsearch/index.php

 

 

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Moms Club- https://www.momsclub.org/blog/find-a-chapter/

 

 

These are just a few of the many groups out there. You can check into local churches with groups as well as Google local groups in your area.
 

What helped you deal with the isolation of being a mom? What would your advice be to new mommies? Let me know below!
 

How Accessible is Your Church?

 

You are 7 questions away from getting your church in the right direction to being more accessible to people with disabilities!

 

Have you ever wondered about people with disabilities in your church? Can they get where they need to go easily? Can they access the message? Are there ministries in place for them?

 

Well here is your chance to find out how well your church is doing! Take our 7 question quiz and get access to more articles and information that will help your church continue to blossom in this area of accessibility!

 

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Want more information or consulting to get in the right direction? Feel free to send your questions to Kabrina budwell at imaginationsigning@gmail.com.

 

Mommy Necklaces

 

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Have you ever been frustrated about the fact that wearing anything pretty with a baby or toddler gets messy, or worse destroyed? I have been there many times! So many necklaces have been ripped off, bracelets broken, and jewelry chewed on.

When my daughter was 6 months, I finally gave up trying to look cute at all because I thought to myself, “Why bother? It will just get messed up anyways.” I also didn’t want her to be sucking on anything that could be harmful.

Then I found this wonderful company called Mommy Necklaces! These are meant for moms, grandmas, and daycare workers who work with little ones all the time. They are pretty and functional all in one. From nursing necklaces to teething necklaces, there is something for everyone.

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I love being a partner with this wonderful company! I am a raving fan when it comes to this product for SO MANY reasons!

And I promise you will never be bored with the selection! They come out with beautiful new necklaces and limited edition necklaces on a regular basis, so let’s just say I have a closet full!

There are several different styles to choose from depending on your needs and style.

Nursing Necklaces

I LOVE the Mommy Necklaces Nursing Necklace! My daughter and my son both loved to pull on my hair, grab onto my shirt and anything else that was in their reach. My Nursing Necklace has been a lifesaver when one of them wanted to lift up my shirt or rip off the blanket I was using to feed them in public because they had something to play with while they nursed. And look at how pretty it is! A little secret, I use this as a statement necklace with a solid shirt and jeans to dress up an otherwise boring outfit!

Teether Strands

I did not buy one of these until my son was born because I felt like it would look silly. I had seen so many teether necklaces that just looked weird being worn by a mom and then I finally tried this one and I love it! It is so pretty and I where it all the time. It is really nice now that my son is teething because I can have it on and he has a teether right there to sooth him while he is in the carrier or when I am holding him and trying to be at a play date for my daughter. No tears here!

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Dangling Donuts

Dangling Donuts are awesome for fiddlers and toddlers who like to steal your jewelry. My daughter ALWAYS has to have a necklace when I pull one out of my closet. She is a real fashionista when it comes to jewelry and since she wants to be like mommy, I have gotten rid of almost all of my pre-baby jewelry because I like these so much and they are baby and toddler safe.

 

 

 

Locked Donuts

I would call the Locked Donuts my fashionable necklace. They are different than anything that I normally wear, but they are a real eye catcher. I cannot tell you how often I get compliments about my necklace and everyone is always shocked to know it is a baby-safe Mommy Necklace!

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Short Strands

Short Strands are my favorite everyday necklace. They are great when I have little bit in the Ergo because he can play, but still not lay on it when he falls asleep. My daughter wears these ones all the time as well because what little girl doesn’t like copying Mommy?

Faceted Rock

I discovered this one as a surprise! Every once in a while Mommy Necklaces does a fun sale where you buy 4 necklaces for $40 and tell them the color for a special surprise in the mail! It was so fun to get such a pretty necklace in my set!

Flat Rock

This one was also a surprise for me. I usually don’t like big jewelry, but these Flat Rocks go with tons of things! I love how I can dress up a plain outfit with it and still not be too dressy!

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Who doesn’t like to match? Or just have more fun things to wear?! I love the options for accessories because I can get a matching bracelet with the same awesome clasp that my kids can pull on and not worry about a million beads flying everywhere or with a stretchy band.

 

If you have little ones or need a gift for a friend or relative having a baby this is a great place to get the perfect gift! So why not start your collection today? Click here to visit Mommy Necklaces LLC

Just Keep Swimming: Mess Free Sensory Bin

Sensory comes in all shapes and sizes and as we get towards the end of a beautiful summer, I would like to introduce you to a fun in the sun, or in the living room, sensory bin that is sure to please. With no water needed your little one can go on an under sea adventure to find Nemo and Dory!

My daughter was obsessed with this activity and her friends enjoyed finding the multiple Dory and Nemo figures we placed in the bin.

To get started you will need a long and shallow bin. I love the ones that fit under the bed or crib because I can leave my sensory gear in there or put things like diapers and clothes in them later! Here is the one I like best, and use often.

You will also need a good amount of blue toys. I love the ball pit balls we have for my daughter because I can use them for multiple sensory bins and they are just fun to play with! They are also great for little hands! Think of all the cool stuff you can do with these! I also put all our soft blocks in this bin to give a few textures and they built blue “water” cities with them.

Finally, you will need at least one Nemo and Dory toy. If your child is as obsessed as mine this will be an easy find, which is why we had multiple Nemos and Dorys in our box. You can get a bath toy set (great for real water fun) or this figure set to find even more friends!

Now just have fun under the sea finding all your fishy friends! And don’t forget, “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, What do we do we swim, swim.”

 

Show me some of your sensory bins and interesting things you put in them!

 

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Reminders of Victory-Joshua 3-GMG

Remember how when God goes before us good things happen? Well chapter 3 is a great illustration of that! The Ark of the Covenant (God) literally went before the people. Did you catch the part where God was going before them because they hadn’t been that way before? (verse 4)

He was paving the way for them to take the Promise Land and claim victory. They just had to show up and follow God!

God goes a step farther and parts the Jordan so they can walk across on dry land, not muddy ground—dry ground. Water moving and it being dry instantly if a big deal! I think this was really to remind Israel how and by whom they gained their freedom from Egypt, as well as foreshadow victory for the nation.

How are you reminded about God’s victory in your life? Is there something special that reminds you? Is there a moment you will never forget?

For our family it is moving into our house. My husband and I were not sure we would ever be able to own a home with me staying at home with the littles and him working his way up the ladder. It was stressful renting and moving and renting and moving again. We felt like we were stuck! But you know what, God came through in His timing. If it had been my timing of what I thought was right, we would not have found our perfect house, we may have had a roadside baby (crazy right?!), and it may have taken us a lot longer to move.

Thank God, God is God and I am not! I had nothing figured out the whole time, everything happened and there is no way we could say it wasn’t God. I still walk in the door and can’t believe that this place is ours!

But enough about me, I want to hear your story… Comment below and tell me what reminds you of the victories you’ve seen in your life.

The Love Notes Lesson

Marriage can be a difficult thing to keep up with. We tend to put everything in front of our spouse because this world has us so busy our heads our spinning. So days, weeks, even months may go by before we realize that we have talked about more than just the kids and how work went that day.

 

I know my husband and I found ourselves in this exact place not too long ago and we had to fix it. We didn’t want to wake up one morning and wonder who we were lying next to once the kids were gone because we had drifted away from each other. We decided that instead of letting everything around us determine how life went, we were going to be intentional about making time for each other and connecting, even if just by a note.

 

We came across a box that looked like a book, and if you have been reading my posts for long you KNOW I love those, and decided to get one to put love notes to each other in. This made it easy to find notes and keep them in one place, as well as look super cute in our kitchen. J

 

When we dated we wrote love notes all the time and I kept everyone. They sit in a file that I go back to now and then to remember all those gushy feelings you have when you are dating and engaged.

 

I want you to think about all the wonderful things that made you fall in love with your spouse in the first place. Stop for a moment to remember your first kiss, your engagement, and your wedding. Remember the silly times and the hard times you made it through together. Even if you feel like your marriage is not in a good place right now you can help change that for the better!

 

So here is your challenge: Write a love letter to your spouse every day for 30 days, even if they don’t write one back. Tell them why you fell in love with them, what makes you smile, your favorite memory of them and just see how your marriage grows! You can download the Love Notes Lesson Printable below to give you some ideas!

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Tell me what you found after a day, a week, and the month! How did your spouse react?

Music and Movement Sensory Play- 2 & 3 Year Olds

Music is a wonderful thing that can be soothing at any age. When it comes to sensory play, music can be used in a variety of ways to help your child further understand the world around them.

For example, singing to your baby and doing finger plays helps your child develop rhythm and vocabulary. Today we will focus on 2 and 3 year olds and their need for music and movement simultaneously.

This activity will use a variety of senses including touch, sound, speech, and sight, which will make the play fun as well as educational.

For this activity you will need:
~A device to play music on, such as a phone, CD player, etc.
~Children’s Music
I suggest Raffi, The Laurie Berkner Band, or if you are looking for more music video songs Praise Party by Yancy is fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Instruments-you can always use pots, pans, and spoons as well or here is a set I like from Melissa and Doug

 

~An open space

Directions:
You will want to have all your materials together before you tell your toddler what you are doing so they don’t get distracted. Have them stand in the middle of the room and turn on 2 or 3 of your/their favorite songs. (Or more if they like it!) Have the instruments out so they can play with them as you

Some of the ones I like to do:
We Are The Dinosaurs– The Laurie Berkner Band

For this one you can march around like dinosaurs and pretend to be a big dinosaur or a little dinosaur! Littles have a great time making big dinosaur roars as well!
Fast And Slow (The Rabbit And The Turtle)– The Laurie Berkner Band

This song goes back and forth between fast and slow, which helps your toddler understand opposites. When you are talking about the turtle walk, dance, and skip very slow, and when you are talking about the rabbit run, dance, and skip really fast!

Junior Ragtime– Raffi

I love this as a way to introduce fun styles of music that kids do not usually hear and it is so fun to dance to! Maybe you can teach your little how to do the Charleston!

Shake My Sillies Out– Raffi

I use this in almost every class I teach to toddlers because it is a great way to get them moving and then settled down right before you start talking about something else.

This is a great activity to do to get your child moving, get that little extra energy out, or a fun thing to do inside on a rainy or snowy day!

What songs did you use? What part of this activity did your child like best?

 

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Playing Together: The Importance of Sensory Play (Guest Post Featured on Rookie Parenting)

As a parent helping your child learn is one of the most important things to you, and sensory play is a fun and engaging way for your child to excel in many different areas. Sensory play encourages scientific processes because problems are solved using the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. By stimulating your child’s senses, you are helping them develop creatively, socially and emotionally, cognitively, linguistically and physically through simply playing with them.

You have probably seen your child play with the most inexpensive “toys” like a paper towel roll, a pot and a spoon, or straws. Your child is using anything and everything to explore the world around them and encouraging this behavior will benefit you and your child by letting your child explore and create and giving you the opportunity to discuss what is happening in any given project.

boy-958457_1280By stimulating your child’s senses you are helping their brain develop because when a sense is engaged neural pathways are being created to assist with further learning in later years.

Sensory play is not only important for babies and toddlers, who often have the time to play and explore at home, but also for preschoolers and elementary children. When your child is allowed to use multiple senses to accomplish a task, they will learn more from the experience and retain more information. This ideal does not change as you get older, even adults retain more information when multiple senses are engaged! Even you are creating new neural pathways in your brain when engaging in sensory play, which can help negate Alzheimer’s(1), assist in creative thinking, problem solving, and time needed to respond to a catastrophic situation (2). Creating time for your child, of any age, to engage in sensory play is imperative for their long-time learning and health.

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So how do you start integrating sensory play into your everyday life? The good news is it is simple! By taking objects that you already have in the house you can create many fun experiences for you and your child. For example, take a colander and spaghetti noodles (or pipe cleaner) and challenge your child to put the noodles in the holes. They will be drawn to this experience and will start to develop basic motor skills as well as problem solving skills when they break IMG_20160824_210528the spaghetti noodles.

 

For older children play-doh and fondant are great ways to teach sensory play, as well as skills that your child can

use in the future such as baking a cake. Fondant can be used to make beautiful designs, but it takes time and patience to get the results wanted, both are needed skills in everyday decision-making and life.

 

 

Don’t be afraid to try something new and make a mess! This is a great time to bond with your child and create fun memories that will last a lifetime!

For tips on handling the mess, more sensory ideas, and using American Sign Language with your child (also great for sensory play!) visit imaginationsigning.comis designReferences:

(1) How to Help the Ones We Love Symptoms and Strategies for:. (2016). Retrieved August 25,
2016, from http://www.alzheimershope.com/stop_delay.php

(2) Center for Brain Health. (2013, September 9). Retrieved August 25, 2016, from
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/blog_page/study-finds-brain-training-enhances-brain-health-of-adults-over-50

Other Resources:

Good Habits Make You Feel Like You’re Gonna Die. Published on May 31, 2012 by Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D. in Your Neurochemical Self

Getting Messy: Childs Play, the Mess It Creates, and How to Handle It

What is Sensory Play?

0-3 Months Sensory Play: Lighting

Babies are really fun to play with, if you know what to do. One of these technics is using different variations of lighting to let your baby explore visually the world around them. This will also help your child start to develop the idea of night and day based on the lighting in the room and outside.

This sensory play topic is very easy because you only need what is in your house already!

Day Time:
Place your baby in a safe place, like in a bouncer, and turn off all the lights. Open the curtains at different lengths and let your baby look at thelight on the wall. It is great to talk to your baby about the light as well explaining

whether it is dim or bright. They are getting to the point where they will start to coo and have “conversation” with you so have a camera ready because it gets pretty cute!

Night Time:
This one is really fun in our house. If you have a bathroom attached to your bedroom, turn on the light in the bathroom and the light off in the bedroom. This will create a different atmosphere for baby to explore with the room half dark. The light will be making shadows on the wall that you can talk about with your baby. If you do not have a bathroom attached you can always turn on a light of an adjacent room as well.

Ready to Start a Bible Study?

In the next few weeks we will be starting a Bible Study that will also be featured here in Coffee Corner on the Imagination Signing website! I am SO EXCITED to get this started! We will be working through different books of the Bible using the Good Morning Girls curriculum, which was originally meant for online use! This will be a great place to ask questions as well as share what you are learning! Sign-up for our Coffee Corner newsletter to get updates and encouragement during this study as well as some great resources from Good Morning Girls! Also, check out my post and tutorial on Bible crafting here!

AND…

We need your help deciding what study to do as well! Below are the links to look at the studies we are considering doing first. Vote below to let me know which study you would like to see us do!

Joshua Journal     Proverbs Journal     James Journal

 

What Bible Study Would You Prefer?

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